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oliverHyde oliverHyde
Anyone have any favorites for chest binding tools? I've had crappy luck with ace bandage and although I used to have luck with a super compressive sports bra, I'm really craving a flatter chest than it can give me.


(also Target and Kmart stopped carrying the super compressy bra I used to use in my size)

I know there's more out there, but I want to hear what you guys think about it.

anyone here use frog bras?
compression shirts?
homemade binders?
09/19/2010
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DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by oliverHyde
Anyone have any favorites for chest binding tools? I've had crappy luck with ace bandage and although I used to have luck with a super compressive sports bra, I'm really craving a flatter chest than it can give me.


(also Target ...
I have not used any of these, so I can't speak from personal experience but...

I know that underworks offers compression items and chest binders at a reasonable price, but I hear they're a little uncomfortable (they roll up, but that can be reduced by wearing an A-shirt under the binder, etc.)

T-Kingdom also has binders, but they are a bit on the small side.

And I know that using ace bandages an inexpensive way to bind, but please please please give your body a break from it every few days; compressing your body on too frequent a basis can really jack it up (kind of like how corsets eventually shift your bone/organ structure).
09/19/2010
Jellyfeltz Jellyfeltz
If you're looking for something cheap, I grabbed a waist trimmer from a sporting goods store for $5. It works great for me, my chest isn't too big and I'm a pretty tiny guy anyway, so I dunno how it will work for you, but it's cheap and really effective.

The only downside is that it is designed to make you sweat, and it can be a little bulky, so I would recommend an undershirt for extra hiding and absorption. But other than that, it works perfectly and I love mine when I need a break from the Ace bandage!
09/19/2010
Madeira Madeira
Quote:
Originally posted by oliverHyde
Anyone have any favorites for chest binding tools? I've had crappy luck with ace bandage and although I used to have luck with a super compressive sports bra, I'm really craving a flatter chest than it can give me.


(also Target ...
I've found that a super compressive sports bra a size smaller than you are is pretty effective. I've never tried a compression shirt. I've had good luck with ace bandages as well. If you're crafty you can make a compression band out of control top pantyhose or spanx with a little fabric glue or a sewing machine.

Also, it's funny to me how similar the feeling of binding is to the feeling of wearing steel boned corsets (actually someone should look in to making a steel boned chest binder, it could work like a corset (lace up the back, and have the option of a padded waist for those with wider hips.
09/19/2010
devinmeneley devinmeneley
what I use is a back brace.you most likely would have to cut off some material so it doesn't dig into your skin by your arm pits .It gets me flatter than the underworks shirts ever did..good luck..
09/20/2010
Dante Blaize Dante Blaize
So I first tried wearing two sports bras and the second one kept riding up at my neck and it was really uncomfortable. It also didn't really flatten my chest as much as I wanted it to. I ended up reading tons of reviews and decided to go with Underworks for my binder. I don't really have a huge issue with hips as I'm fairly small, so I went with the tri-top binder. It stops just above my belly button. It only rolls up a tiny bit at the bottom, and doesn't usually show through my shirt. I just wear a tank top under my shirts anyway. Overall I'm really happy with it. It was ridiculously hard to put on the first few times, so I recommend having someone help you. I actually punched myself in the face it was so tight. I was also convinced I needed a bigger size, but it works great now. Once you get it on it becomes WAY more comfortable and eventually stretches out a little (mine still works wonders though). As for the price, I think I paid $35 or something, so not bad at all. I actually need to get another. They are pretty trans friendly so if you have trouble finding your size just give them a call.
09/29/2010
Fishie Princess Fishie Princess
Please be careful binding with an ace bandage - they can create all sorts of breathing issues.

In my experience, what you're wearing over the binder can make a lot of difference. Depending on your chest size, you can probably get away with a frog bra if you're wearing a couple layers of shirts. I found it was nice to not bind too tight on days I wasn't feeling good, and the frog bra was a decent way to do that.

I only used my compression t-shirt for special occasions when I wanted to be really really flat. I found it was uncomfortable under my arms and made my movement a little stiff, but there are some days when that is totally worth it.

My preferred method of binding was a combination of the double front binder and tri-top binder (both available at Underworks) I would wear the double front closest to my skin and the tri-top on top. The combination of the two kept me flat enough, but also gave me room to move and breathe and worked well for every day wear.

How you arrange yourself under the binder can also help you get flatter. Some guys I know swear by smushing everything straight down, but I'm and up and apart kind of guy. Everybody's body is different, so play with what combination of binders and body positions work best for you. Best of luck!
10/09/2010
Trashley Trashley
Quote:
Originally posted by devinmeneley
what I use is a back brace.you most likely would have to cut off some material so it doesn't dig into your skin by your arm pits .It gets me flatter than the underworks shirts ever did..good luck..
This intrigues me.
10/09/2010
Yesenia Yesenia
Have you tried bondage tape
10/11/2010
Dante Blaize Dante Blaize
Quote:
Originally posted by Yesenia
Have you tried bondage tape
I'd avoid tape if possible, as it can cause damage to the ribs more easily than you'd think, and it is also harder for the skin to breathe through it.

I'd say binders are best, but certain sports bras can also work when layered.
10/13/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by Trashley
This intrigues me.
The topic intrigues me as well, I never thought about how breasts would make a FTM transperson feel. I can't imagine compressing my breasts give that I am a DD and they are extra sensitive.
Punching yourself in the face in the name of looking good I understand though! Did that putting on a really tight corset that was really meant to be put on with a helper. Ahhhh my theater days...
10/13/2010
jursa008 jursa008
Personal opinion, underworks is the way to go. I am pretty small chested, so I use the male compression binders instead of the ftm ones.. but, i have used both and it works for me.
10/16/2010
Griffin Griffin
There's a small seller called GC2, which are more comfortable than underworks, but for me at least work a little better.
10/17/2010
UrNaughtyaAngel UrNaughtyaAngel
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
The topic intrigues me as well, I never thought about how breasts would make a FTM transperson feel. I can't imagine compressing my breasts give that I am a DD and they are extra sensitive.
Punching yourself in the face in the name of looking ...
I am also intrigued. I never thought about chest binding till I saw the movie .... I can't remember the name of but it stared Hillary Swank. Yes Gwenyth Paltrow did it too on Shakespeare in Love but it wasn't till the second film about a transgender that I really thought about it.

I do agree that you should give your body a rest form the binding. I once was wearing a corset type of thing for a while and developed some type of rash.
10/18/2010
TboyTy TboyTy
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Originally posted by UrNaughtyaAngel
I am also intrigued. I never thought about chest binding till I saw the movie .... I can't remember the name of but it stared Hillary Swank. Yes Gwenyth Paltrow did it too on Shakespeare in Love but it wasn't till the second film about a ...
The name of the move you're talking about is "Boys Don't Cry"
01/23/2011
Lady Neshamah Lady Neshamah
i've done the whole drag king thing a few times. i'm more than a little top heavy, so i have used an ace bandage to bind up my breasts. worked great for me
01/24/2011
MisterYao MisterYao
I wear an XS Black Tri-Top Binder from Underworks, and it does an AMAZING job. It's painless though your back may get sore if you're standing for hours on end. It's about $30 and both of mine arrived within 5 days of ordering them!
02/15/2011
cuntofdoom cuntofdoom
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Originally posted by devinmeneley
what I use is a back brace.you most likely would have to cut off some material so it doesn't dig into your skin by your arm pits .It gets me flatter than the underworks shirts ever did..good luck..
I use something similar to this called an abdominal/hernia brace. It has a velcro closure, so you can make it as tight or loose as you want. It doesn't get too tight or chafe or anything unpleasant like that. Only downside is it doesn't always stay in place :/. But I've been very happy with it.
02/16/2011
CantankerousUnagi CantankerousUnagi
I'm post op and they gave me a gynocemastia vest to keep the swelling down. If I had had one of those pre - op, I could have cut down on a heck load of muscle damage and pain.
02/22/2011
Eden C. Eden C.
I'm not trans, but my ex-boyfriend looked amazing with the Underworks products. They not only flattened out his pectoral areas, but they slimmed his abdomen and hips to give him a much more masculine Y-shape (as opposed to an hourglass shape). The only disadvantage (other than the cost) is that they're a bit difficult to get on because they're so tight. Anyway, I hope I helped!
02/23/2011
hjtee hjtee
My husband only uses the Underworks products (linked numerous times above). They are a bit pricey, but I know there is an organization that assists with the costs (or sometimes has gentley used binders donated to give away). We have sent a few to them, but for the life of me cannot think of the name.

I will ask my husband when he gets off work and let you know.

Got it:
link

They have the application and everything there.
For transguys on here who are able to purchase NEW binders, please consider sending your old ones to this organization.
03/21/2011
That Man from Mars That Man from Mars
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I have not used any of these, so I can't speak from personal experience but...

I know that underworks offers compression items and chest binders at a reasonable price, but I hear they're a little uncomfortable (they roll up, but that ...
I have one of the underworks pieces as does someone I know. The bottoms tend to roll a bit, but not severely. Mine is a few years old and I've never had a problem with it loosening up. I do very much recommend them.
06/04/2011
XzombehxbearzX XzombehxbearzX
Quote:
Originally posted by oliverHyde
Anyone have any favorites for chest binding tools? I've had crappy luck with ace bandage and although I used to have luck with a super compressive sports bra, I'm really craving a flatter chest than it can give me.


(also Target ...
underworks i have a bad back and found that a size smaller sports bra works too.

i got the muscle tank underworks as well as the fully elastic or watever one as well as the tank thats just got the top elastic.....all three work great but mostly i wear a sports bra with a loose shirt or hoodie.
09/12/2011
Rawhide Rawhide
Another vote for underworks tri-top. Very popular not just with FTMs, but with genderqueers, drag-kings, and butches. A vast improvement over ace bandages- be careful with those, not only are they a bitch to get right but they can hinder your ability to breath.
09/12/2011
Chirple Chirple
I wanted to share my Big Binding Guide Thingy in case it would be useful to anyone here.

link

I hosted it on Tumblr, too, but the formatting is crap there.

Also, I have anatomical FtM and MtF makeup / facial anatomy guides linked at the end of that post.

I don't think everyone's goal is or should be 100% passing, but I love learning and information all the same.
12/02/2011
butts butts
All through junior high school I used a homemade binder that was made from a piece of canvas, folded over once with a zipper, to make a... zip up tube thing. It worked decently but my goal was to have something strapless so it couldn't be mistaken as a bra. But since it was canvas and not a stretchy material, it slipped down and had to be adjusted constantly. Very annoying. Then I got my first real binder... probably in the beginning of junior year in high school. Some Underworks top that worked alright but made me feel really constrained, it bound ALRIGHT but was super uncomfortable so I just stuck with baggy shirts (I'm an A cup, hardly) until I saved up and got an amazing binder from Les Love Boat (this one link), which again, IS AMAZING. However I found that if I ate too much, the light hip/stomach area compression made my stomach hurt. SO I just pulled it up over the chest area and boom, problem solved, plus the fabric is so thin that it doesn't really add any bulk to the chest area.

If you can get a velcro binder I HIGHLY recommend them over pull-overs, I'm sure that most people who've tried both will tell you the same.
02/18/2012
Chris Corrigan Chris Corrigan
Underworks is the leading maker of binders in the world. I'd go with the tri-top over any other binder on the market.
02/18/2012
ectoBiologist ectoBiologist
Definantly check out Underworks stuff. They have great products! don't use Ace bandages anymore, you could really hurt yourself.
03/01/2012
finnimbrun finnimbrun
Quote:
Originally posted by oliverHyde
Anyone have any favorites for chest binding tools? I've had crappy luck with ace bandage and although I used to have luck with a super compressive sports bra, I'm really craving a flatter chest than it can give me.


(also Target ...
I have an Underworks compression shirt that I love. It works really well and I'd recommend it. (The Double Front Compression Shirt) It costs a bit but is worth it and lasts a really long time.

Also, I'm obligated to warn against binding with ace bandages. I did it for a long time, so I can't blame you, but if you have another option, go for the other option. Ace bandages (and most other homemade forms of binding) can fuck you over in a lot of ways if you're not extremely careful.
03/03/2012
sharksteak sharksteak
Personally I like compression shirts.
03/03/2012
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